Finding Passion in Life

As the school year is winding down, I’m finding there’s a lot more stress and things to plan. A lot of my college-age friends are preparing for finals, and even my students are beginning to sense the end of the year is coming.

For my class personally, we are finishing out content this week. We’re going to start reviewing and take the final test next week. They will then spend the last few weeks working on a final project.

I’ve grown a lot this past school year. And it’s a little crazy to think that I’m almost done with the first year of my (hopefully long) career.

One of the biggest things I’ve learned this year is that it’s so important to do things you enjoy. Life has all of these interesting experiences for you to enjoy that are just waiting for you. You just have to do them.

You are never too old to start something new. In my opinion, if you stop learning, you stop growing. I’m constantly absorbing new information. Truthfully, one of my favorite things is when a student asks a question that I don’t know the answer to. I love being able to respond, “I don’t know, but I’ll gladly look that up!” And I get to learn new things along with my students. I love that I cab be real with them about those kinds of things to show that a teacher (someone in authority) isn’t afraid to admit when they don’t have all the answers.

I love teaching. I’m constantly reaffirmed that I am in the right profession. I’m passionate, I enjoy it, and my students blossom under me. Am I the best teacher? No absolutely not. But I enjoy what I do.

To me, a big thing about life is that it’s not meant to be wasted. I titled this post “Finding Passion in Life” and I mean that. Do things that you enjoy. Don’t try to hurt anyone when possible, but do the things you like. This life is far too short to be wasted doing things you don’t enjoy. And while we all have to do things we don’t like, those shouldn’t take up most of your time.

Try to find things to be passionate about. Some of the best advice I ever got was when I was preparing to write my Honors Thesis. My professor said, “you need to love the topic you’re researching, because if you don’t, you’ll hate it at the end.” As I researched, my interest grew. I got some weird looks when I would tell people I was writing about baseball history, but it was such a neat topic. I learned a lot of interesting facts and was able to weave a detailed story.

Such is the case with most things in life. If you don’t love what you’re doing, then you’re going to get burnt out. You don’t have to know what you necessarily want to do, just do things you enjoy.

I know a lot of my posts have been serious lately, and that’s because there’s been a lot of serious stuff happening. But even with the serious stuff, I’m finding time to do things I enjoy, even if they’re small things.

You don’t have to have a grand adventure to some crazy place to have a grand life. Life is happening wherever you are. So stop. Enjoy it. Find passion in the things you do. It doesn’t have to be big, but it’s so important to do things you love.

Like always, I’m still working on and learning this myself. But I’m doing things I love for me, both in and out of my classroom. I’m finding my passion in life, right where I’m at!

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